Review: Not The Norm, by Becca J. Campbell

Title: Not The NormNot The Norm
Author: Becca J. Campbell
Rating: 3/5 Stars

“Eden has a dangerous secret.

In a world where GenEns (enhanced humans) are the norm, her own ability is flawed. If anyone found out about the glitch in her genetic code, she’d be deemed a sub-norm, as one unfit to exist in the human race. Her certain fate would be extermination.

She always thought keeping her defect secret was her biggest struggle. That concern vanishes when her life is put in danger. Suddenly, fighting back is her only option, and she’s completely unprepared.

Her only chance for survival is by wielding her damaged power. But fear and painful memories threaten to hold her back. What will happen to her if she unleashes the terror within?”

(description from Goodreads)


The world in Not the Norm is an interesting take on the future. Humans are genetically enhanced and they are the only acceptable “species” in society. All others are exterminated. I thought this was cool, especially with the various abilities that a person can have. The reader is introduced to a few in this first Sub-Normal Story.  One particular one was amusing for me to imagine, but I won’t spoil the fun of that one.

Overall, I found there to be great potential for an exciting series to come from Campbell. The characters have interested me, the story-line has me wanting to know more about the society and how it all works. I look forward to reading the next installment to see where it leads.

I feel, though, that the some parts fell a little short to my liking. There was a good battle scene, but I could have used a little more description to visualize the excitement better. I also found Eden’s role in the battle is a little unrealistic due to her lack of experience with her abilities. Despite this, I still enjoyed the story.

Unmakes Alloy, the second installment in the series will make its way to my wishlist.


You can find this book on Amazon


About the Author:

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca J. Campbell looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity.

Becca’s journey into writing began as many of her other creative endeavors do – by daring herself to try something new. The question “what if I wrote a novel?” and some hastily scribbled notes on a church handout were the inspirations that jump-started her first book. Since then, she has written three additional novels and several shorter works.

As the wife of a musician and mother of three young boys, Becca’s life is never dull. Whether it is writing, painting or knitting, she enjoys making stuff that wasn’t there before.

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